RotoWire Partners

Dont'a Hightower

26-Year-Old Linebacker – New England Patriots

2016 Defensive Stats

Tckl

65

Sacks

2.5

Int

0

FF

1

TD

0

2016 Defensive Projections

Tckl

Sacks

Int

FF

TD

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

When healthy, Hightower is a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Highto...

Read more about Dont'a Hightower

2016 ADP:  257.91

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  9

HT: 6' 3"   WT: 265   DOB: 3/12/1990  College: Alabama  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

$

Dont'a Hightower Contract Information:

Signed to a four-year deal by the Patriots in July of 2012.

February 15, 2017  –  Dont'a Hightower News

▼ More

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

+ Add To Watchlist

Hightower won't need offseason surgery on his knee or shoulder, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Dont'a Hightower – simply subscribe now.

Dont'a Hightower NFL Stats
Click stat headings to sort columns.
  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 19 CFB 4 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2010 20 CFB 13 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2011 21 CFB 13 - - - - 1 0 - - - - - -
2012 22 NE 14 60 43 17 4 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
2013 23 NE 16 97 55 42 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 24 NE 12 89 51 38 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 25 NE 12 61 51 10 3.5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2016 26 NE 13 65 31 34 2.5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Proj 26 NE Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Dont'a Hightower

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Dont'a Hightower – Playing Time Overview

Depth Chart Status   (See Full Depth Chart)

#1 Inside Linebacker
  1. Dont'a Hightower
  2. Kyle Van Noy
  3. Trevor Bates
New England Patriots

Snap Count Stats

708

Defensive Snaps in 2016

Dont'a Hightower was on the field for 708 of his team's snaps on defense in 2016.

53

Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Dont'a Hightower was on the field for 53 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Def ST
2014 834 59
2015 594 47
2016 708 53
Dont'a Hightower 2016 Game Log
OPTIONS:   Show Playoff StatsHide Playoff Stats       Click stat headings to sort columns.
  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 @Ari 58 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Mia
3 Hou
4 Buf 69 0 8 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 @Cle 29 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Cin 66 4 13 3 10 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @Pit 68 6 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @Buf 57 5 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 BYE Bye Week
10 Sea 70 6 10 6 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 @SF 48 4 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
12 @NYJ 57 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 LA 33 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Bal 70 7 7 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Den 42 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 NYJ
17 @Mia 41 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Dont'a Hightower
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   265 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.62 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.64 sec
TERRIBLE
Cone Drill:   7.55 sec
TERRIBLE
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   33 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   117 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press
Not Available
New England Patriots Team Injury Report
Probable
No players listed.
Doubtful
No players listed.
Out
No players listed.

Dont'a Hightower: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Hightower (shoulder) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI versus the Falcons.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower (shoulder) is questionable to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower (shoulder) was limited in Thursday's practice session.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower (shoulder) will be active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower (shoulder) is questionable to play in Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower was limited in Wednesday's practice session due to a shoulder injury.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower (knee) is active for Sunday's tilt against the Dolphins.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower (knee) is questionable to play in Sunday's game versus the Dolphins.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Jets.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Hightower (knee) was a limited participant in Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Jets.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.

RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

Subscribe now to see our 2016 outlook.

2015

The 25-year-old linebacker -- who recorded 89 tackles and six sacks in 12 games last season -- underwent shoulder surgery back on Feb. 10. As a result, his status for the Patriots' regular-season opener has yet to be solidified, but assuming his health, he slots in as a starter in a New England linebacking corps that also features stalwarts Jerod Mayo and Jamie Collins.

2014

With Brandon Spikes gone to Buffalo, New England's four-man logjam at linebacker (Hightower, Spikes, Mayo and Collins) has been reduced to three, leaving Hightower with his first real chance to provide a decent return on the first-round investment New England made in him two years ago. Mayo will remain unchallenged for snaps, but Collins is only in his second year and should generally play third fiddle. Collins also might see some snaps at end in passing situations, leaving room for all three players. Hightower has some edge ability himself, so he too could get some pass-rushing opportunities at end after posting five sacks in his first two years.

2013

Hightower is in line to start at strongside linebacker for the Patriots. As a rookie, the 2012 first-rounder recorded 60 tackles in 14 games, a number he should easily eclipse this coming season.

2012

The Patriots moved up on draft day to select Hightower -- a linebacker who can play either on the inside or outside -- 25th overall. We'd expect the Alabama product to claim the team's starting strong-side position, a gig that figures to give him some fantasy upside in the Patriots' re-tooled defense.